Mexico: Statement issued to condemn violence and impunity against human rights defenders
Mexico, Michel Forst, Center for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, AC
The statement calls especially for the following:
- We demand to attack structural causes to protect defenders from corruption and impunity.
- We urge the Mexican State to comply with the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.
- We deplore the assassination of Isidro Baldenegro, which happened at the beginning of the Rapporteur's visit, which marks an emblematic case.
The statement was issued to raise awareness to the following situation:
Mexico City, January 25, 2017. In the context of the official visit of Mr. Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, civil society organizations expressed an energetic "Enough Violence!" against human rights defenders and journalists by State and other actors. Especially serious is the murder of defender Isidro Baldenegro, Goldmanjusto Prize when the official visit began.